Nderitu Repeats at Philly Marathon

BY JERRY NOLAN

 

 MAURICE POINTER, 50-59 AGE-GROUP WINNER IN THE 8K WITH
28:59.
CLAY SHAW PHOTO

PHILADELPHIA, PA--Joseph Nderitu, age 31, won his second Philadelphia Marathon on November 20 when he led 5,934 runners to the finish line with his 2:21:02 race. Nderitu, a Kenyan who lives in Canada, also won the 2003 race when he broke the existing 26.2-mile course record with a time of 2:16:47. He battled with two other Kenyan runners until about the 23rd mile mark when he broke away and was not challenged again. Those two runners were Joshua Koros, age 24 (2:22:52), and Joseph Kamau (2:23:37).

For four of the five previous years a Russian woman was the female winner. In 2004 that was Larisa Michailovova, who also ran in 2005. She logged her best time so far (2:45:55), however, it was good only for a second place finish. Taking top female honors was Emily Kroshus, age 22, whose time was 2:43:07. Kroshus, a Canadian who lives and works in Philadelphia, was finishing her first marathon. Two previous attempts resulted in DNFs. She is coming off a college career at Princeton where in 2004 she achieved All-American status in the 10,000m. The women’s course record is 2:37:59 which was set by Ann Marie Lauck. Finishing in third place among the women was another Philadelphian, Michelle Lilienthal (2:49:22).

Nderitu and Kroshus each received $3,500 for their first place wins. Finishing in 6th place in 2:27:49 was the first American runner and also a Philadelphian, Thomas Heaton, age 24. The prize for being the first city runner was $1,000. Chad Johnson of Jeffersonville, IN won the wheelchair division in 1:49:21.

An excellent companion 8K race which had 1,591 finisher was won by Vyacheslav Shabunin, age 36, of West Chester, whose time was 23:49. Finishing in 29th place with a time of 27:01 was Tatiana Chulakh, age 23, of Germantown, MD. For their 8K wins each received $1,000.

 

 THE 8K FIELD GETS UNDERWAY.
CLAY SHAW PHOTO
For the third time, the marathon included four-person relay teams who split the race into 10, 4, 6, and 6.2 mile sections. A total of 162 teams participated. The Front Runners won the coed competition with Doylestown Dasher (female division) and Runaway Success (male team) also claiming top awards.

The weather (chilly, no wind, and a cloud cover) was good for the marathoners as they made their way through the streets of center city, Fairmount Park, and Manayunk, finishing in front of the Art Museum. Both races were events in the 2005 Mid-Atlantic USATF Grand Prix.